Book Review: Helmets & Hoses by Tricia LaVoice is a lovely children’s book that gently explains the differences between circumcised and intact penises.
A short overview of this book
Helmets and Hoses: Circumcised and Uncircumcised: Differences and Similarities by Tricia LaVoice and illustrated by Olivia Milton is a great book for explaining the differences between intact (or uncircumcised) and circumcised penises. In fact, it is the only book that I know of that focuses on this topic.
Books like this are important because they provide parents with a valuable resource for answering questions about why some penises may look different to others. I appreciate that the book is positive and shame-free, and that it normalises both types of penises. This means that regardless of whether your child’s penis is intact or not, they will walk away feeling comfortable with what they have.
What I don’t like about this book is that it doesn’t include illustrations of penises. So if you are looking for a book that will teach your child about penises, then this is the wrong book for you. But if you’re struggling to talk about why your child’s penis looks different, then this book is perfect!
You can learn more on this page, about how to talk to kids about sex education.
What’s the ideal age for this book?
Helmets and Hoses: Circumcised and Uncircumcised: Differences and Similarities by Tricia LaVoice is ideal for children between the ages of 5 to 9 years.
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You can find more books like this in my extensive list of Sex Education Books for Children.
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